Marco Sørensen has won second GP2 race in Sochi, with Vandoorne and Nasr after him in podium. Canamasas, second during the whole race, had to retire with 9 laps left. Palmer and Leal lost a bunch of positions due to first lap incidents.
Danish Marco Sørensen hold first position until the end and was able to win second GP2 race this weekend. MP Motorsport driver was not into intense battles happening behind him all race long.
Sergio Canamasas, who was starting second, had today a good opportunity to clean his name after being criticized in Monza when disqualified for dangerous driving. Spanish driver lost second position with Vandoorne in first turn, but ART Grand Prix driver had to give the position back because of overtaking over track limits, as in first turn more drivers were outside of the track than in the track.
Canamasas hold second position all his race long, despite intense pressure from Vandoorne. But his car’s battery failed and he had to stop the car when nine laps were left. Bad luch for Trident driver.
First turn incidents, despite not making any car to retire, also bring problems to Palmer, who after being touched from behind he lost lots of positions. Despite this fact the british who yesterday won GP2 Series championship recovered until P12. Leal was affected too, but this was for winning an advantage out of the track. Having won five positions, when was given a drive-through penalty and exited in last place when he was fourth. “I had no chance!” shouted Carlin driver via team radio.
Marciello got Leal’s position, but a spin in last turn left him outside of the points. In last laps, a touch with Markelov made him lose car’s control and crashed into the wall, inducing Safety Car’s deployment.
Competition was recovered when three laps left with an intense fight for point positions. This allowed Nasr to get up to a podium which seemed to be Evans’, and Coletti was able to climb positions while others like Gasly or local driver Markelov, who was 12th, lost theirs.
Then, with just two Abu Dhabi’s races left and championship decided, GP2 Series say goodbye to a first in history exciting round in Russia.
|1||Marco Sørensen||SWE||MP Motorsport||After 21 Laps|
|2||Stoffel Vandoorne||BEL||ART Grand Prix||+ 1,3||+ 1,3|
|3||Felipe Nasr||BRA||Carlin||+ 1,9||+ 0,6|
|4||Mitch Evans||NZ||RT Russian Time||+ 3,2||+ 1,3|
|5 – FL||Arhur Pic||FRA||Campos Racing||+ 4,1||+ 0,9|
|6||André Negrao||BRA||Arden International||+ 5,8||+ 1,7|
|7||Kimiya Sato||JAP||Campos Racing||+ 7,1||+ 1,3|
|8||Stefano Coletti||MON||Racing Engineering||+ 9,0||+ 1,9|
|9||Nathanaël Berthon||FRA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||+ 11,0||+ 2,0|
|10||Joylon Palmer||GBR||Dams||+ 11,5||+ 0,5|
|11||Pierre Gasly||FRA||EQ8 Caterham Racing||+ 12,3||+ 0,8|
|12||Artem Markelov||RUS||RT Russian Time||+ 13,2||+ 0,9|
|13||Daniel Abt||GER||Hilmer Motorsport||+ 13,7||+ 0,5|
|14||Tio Ellinas||CYP||Rapax||+ 14,4||+ 0,7|
|15||Rio Haryanto||IND||EQ8 Caterham Racing||+ 14,7||+ 0,3|
|16||Jon Lancaster||GBR||Hilmer Motorsport||+ 15,1||+ 0,4|
|17||Julián Leal||COL||Carlin||+ 15,5||+ 0,4|
|18||Stéphane Richelmi||MON||Dams||+ 15,9||+ 0,4|
|19||Daniël de Jong||NED||MP Motorsport||+ 16,5||+ 0,6|
|20||Sergio Campana||ITA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||+ 18,4||+ 1,9|
|21||Takuya Izawa||JAP||ART Grand Prix||+ 18,6||+ 0,2|
|22||Simon Trummer||CHE||Rapax||+ 26,2||+ 7,6|
|23||Johnny Cecotto||VEN||Trident||+ 2 Laps||–|
|24||Raffaele Marciello||ITA||Racing Engineering||+ 5 Laps||–|
|25||Sergio Canamasas||ESP||Trident||+ 9 Laps||–|
|26||Rene Binder||AUT||Arden International||+ 19 Laps||–|